Category Archive: Interesting Tidbits

Jan 26

Multicultural Children’s Book Day~January 27, 2016

A day to celebrate the power of multicultural children’s books around the world. I’m proud to be a part of a growing group of authors who craft bilingual books for kids, including authors who have had their kid’s book(s) translated into other languages worldwide. Introducing children to another country’s culture and language gives our young …

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Apr 18

Cherry Blossom Fever Consumes Nation!

Here in Victoria, BC, Canada we enjoy a multitude of cherry blossom blooms.  Our glorious sunny spring weather ensured that our blooms were reported on CBC national news, taunting those who were still burdened with snow and wickedly cold weather, day after miserable day.  Here, at the hint of sunshine you will find Victoria’ites clad …

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Mar 31

Confession

Last fall, my house guest commented that I hummed–a lot. I was surprised. I didn’t realize I was a hummer but I didn’t think much about it as I was busy getting ready to leave for my trip to Japan. After settling into my rental accommodation in Japan, I became aware that I was humming. …

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Nov 27

Wicked jet lag….

I left Japan three weeks ago. Most days it seems utterly surreal that I spent an entire month living my life on another continent. Before I left I titled this trip: “Japan: Then & Now.”  Here’s my first attempt at that (unfulfilled) promise of regular blog posts!

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Oct 21

Sayonara Baby!

NB:  while this initial post was created October 5, it’s now 17 days on, 22 October!  I know I promised to blog daily but….life got in the way.  I’ll have some solid bullet train time as I travel north for Tokyo, Sendai, and Morioka (Oct 23-26) to catch up on the past 17 days’ experiences …

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Sep 05

Rebecca-sensei~the journey begins

Thirty more sleeps and the adventure begins!  I’m returning to Japan for a one-month book tour which begins October 5, 2014.  I am beyond excited to visit my home-away-from-home for six years (1994-2000), rekindle friendships I left behind, introduce FLY CATCHER BOY (by ‘kamishibai’ theatre), and bathe in all that is Japan for me–beautiful fall …

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May 09

Asian Heritage Month at the Surrey Museum!

I enjoyed taking part in Asian Heritage Day at the Surrey Museum last weekend.  What a day it was!  This colourful event celebrated Surrey’s diverse Asian cultures with crafts, games, music and dance as well as martial arts demonstrations, some on-site ear acupuncture, and of course yours truly talking about bi-lingual books to an interested eager audience.  …

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Mar 03

Closing out a year of National Holidays in Japan

Well, it’s over.  Last year I began posting about each and every national holiday celebrated in Japan….all fifteen of them!  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and learning a bit more about the country. My foray into bi-lingual books for kids was prompted by the desire to write entertaining and informative books for children giving them an opportunity to learn …

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Feb 13

Love is in the air~ everywhere!

Especially in Japan!  Valentine’s Day is celebrated on two different dates in Japan. On February 14, females present gifts to their boyfriends or any man close to them. The favour is returned to ladies on the White Day celebrated on March 14 when men pamper women who gave them gifts a month before on Valentines Day. In my six …

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Feb 10

Japan’s National Foundation Day

The National Foundation Day is a public holiday in Japan and is celebrated every year on February 11. The day is celebrated to commemorate the formation of the nation and also for the establishment of the imperial line by the first Japanese ruler, Jimmu. The day originally coincided with New Year’s Day according to the …

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